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Racists by Kunal Basu
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1855: the most ambitious eugenics experiment begins on a deserted Mediterranean island, pitting a British craniologist, Dr. Samuel Bates against his French rival, Jean-Louis Belavoix. Two infants, a black boy and a white girl, are raised on the island by a dumb nurse (Norah), away from all human contact but monitored twice yearly by Bates, Belavoix and their assistant, Nicholas Quartley to study their development. Bates claims the white child would show signs of natural superiority, while Belavoix claims the two races would be equal, with each side showing the urge to conquer and ultimately destroy, the other. Bates and Belavoix turn into rivals for Norah's attention but she and Quartley are secretly in love, which fuels even more intense rivalries between the three men. By the time Norah reveals she isn't dumb after all, the experiment is already in jeopardy of collapse. Doubts surface in London over the scientist's real intentions at a time when Darwin's evolution theories begin to make the rounds. Soon, Captain Perry, responsible for supplying a ferry service to the island, agrees to help Norah and Quartley escape with the children; however, before Perry returns to the island to rescue them, an 'accident' turns their reunion into tragedy.

Author Biography

Kunal Basu was born in Calcutta but has spent much of his adult life in Canada and the USA. He currently teaches at Oxford and McGill universities.
Release date NZ
January 12th, 2006
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Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Pages
224
Dimensions
143x222x22
ISBN-13
9780297850663
Product ID
1661991

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